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i believe we are finally in a moment where comprehensive immigration reform is within our grasp. but i promise you this, the closer we get, the more emotional this debate is going to become. immigration's always been an issue that enflames passions. that's not surprising. you know, there are a if you things that are more important to us as a society than who gets to come here and call our country home. who gets privilege of becoming a citizen of the united states of america. that's a big deal. when we talk about that in the abstract, it's easy sometimes for the discussion to take on a feeling of us versus them. and when that happens, a lot of folks forget that most of us used to be them. [chuckles] >> we forget that
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[applause] it's really important foritous remember our history. unless you are one of the first americans, a native american, you came from someplace else. somebody brought you. [cheers and applause] you know, ken salazar, he's of mexican-american dissent, but his family's been living where he lives for 400 years. so he didn't immigrate anywhere. the irish, who left behind a land of famine, the germans who fled persecution, the scandinavians who arrived eager to pioneer out west, the polish, the russians, the italgian, the
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chinese, the japanese, the west indians, the huddled masses who came from ellis island on one coast and angel island on the other... [applause] all those folks, before they were us, they were them. and when each new wave of immigrants, they faced from those who were already here. they faced hardship. they faced racism. they faced ridicule. but over time, as they went about their daily lives, as they earned a living, as they raised a family, as they built a community, their kids went to school here, they did their part to build the nation. they were the einsteins and the
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carnegies and they were also the millions of women and men whose names history may not remember but whose actions helped make us who woe are, who built this country, hand by hand, brick by brick. [applause] they all came here knowing that what makes somebody an american is not just blood or birth... but allegiance to our founding principles and the faith that in the idea that anyone from anywhere can write the next great chapter of our story. and that's still true today. just ask allen alimon. he's here this afternoon. where's allen? he's around here. there he is, right there. [applause]
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allen was born in mexico -- [cheering] >> he was brought to this country by his parents when he was a child, growing up allen went to an american school, pledged allegiance to the american flag, felt american in every way. and he was. except for one, on paper. in high school, allen watched his frens come of age, driving around town with their new license, earning some extra cash from their summer jobs at the mall. he knew he couldn't do those things. but it didn't matter that much. what mattered to allen was earning an education so he could live up to his god-given potential. last year, when allen heard the news that we were going to offer a chance for folks like him to emerge from the shadows -- even
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if it's just for two years at a time, he was one of the first to sign up. and a few months ago, he was one of the first people in nevada to get approved. [cheers and applause] in that moment, allen said, i felt the fear vanish. i felt accepted. so today allen's in his second year at the college of southern nevada. [cheers and applause] allen's studying to become a doctor. he hopes to join the air force. he's working hard, every single day to build a better life for himself and his family. and all he wants is the opportunity to do his part to
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build a better america. so... [applause] so in the coming weeks, as the idea of reform becomes more real and the debate becomes more heat ed and there are folks who are trying to pull this thing apart... remember allen and all of those who share the same hopes and the same dreams. remember that this is not just a debate about policy. it's about people. it's about men and women, and young people who want nothing more than the chance to earn their way into the american story. and throughout our history, that's only made our nation stronger. that's how we will make sure that this century is the same a,
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welcoming everybody who aspires to do something more. who is willing to work hard to do it, who is willing to pledge that allegiance to our flag. thank you, god bless. and god bless the united states of america! [cheers and applause] >> goodach, everyone. we just watched as president obama pushed his plan for immigration reform in las vegas. coming just one day after the senate beat him to the punch, announcing its bipartisan proposal. president obama making remarks in las vegas. the president called for granting a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million people in the united states,
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currently illegally. he praised the senate's efforts in announcing an immigration proposal yesterday. that plan had a key provision, requiring tighter border security before any illegal immigrants could get citizenship. that was key to republican support. it also calls for beefing up border security and punishments for businesses that hire illegal immigrants. republicans say they will not sign off on any immigration reform that doesn't put border security first. let's go to carl cameron in washington. how do you break this down? is there a big difference from what you heard from president obama, compared to the bipartisan commission of eight senators yesterday? we heard a lot more from the so-called gang of eight. they got more granular. what we heard from the president was a campaign rally. he is going to head out on the campaign trail and push his agenda items with campaign-style peaches of that nature. you could hear the crowd getting
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wooped up with campaign-style rhetoric to advance this. it's generalities and we haven't seen the details. what is noting is that the president has changed his language. in the past when he has been talking about comprehensive immigration reform, he has talked about the desire as an end game to get those here now illegally, quote, legal status. now he is saying this is a path not to legal status, but a path to citizenship. that's much more aggressive. the time table he is likely to propose is a slightly faster path to citizensship than what the commission has put forward. harry reid, the senate majority leader wants to get something done by spring. the e-verify system to essentially help track immigrants and prevent illegal immigrants from being hired, white house aides say could take up to 5 years to put into
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practice. just the backlog of immigration cases could take 5 or 6 years to clear. we don't know what the price tag would be. but in 20 swrsh 6 and 2007, when there were similar proposals considered on the hill they didn't go anywhere. but we were told at that time, in the end, they would be good for the economy to have a guest worker program and a path to citizenship. there you have it. >> all right, carl cameron, breaking it down for us, live from d.c. does this set up a showdown with the senate or can the proposals meet in the middle? let's go to our panel. a democratic strategist and former adviser to hillary clinton. and a republican strategist and author of "branding america: what does your brand say about you?" you called it, you said the difference between what the senate has proposed and what we will hear from the president is expediency. is that what you heard? >> yes, his plan will have a
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much faster pathway to citizenship than we have seen from the senators. i think he is going to continue to push that message out, as carl said, directly to the american people. clearly, he want this is package to work out. but i don't think he's going to trust congress that they are going to push this through because we have been here before. we got close to passing the dream act and it got bogged down, like he said. he will be campaigning and he will have a much more expedited plan. >> campaigning, that makes republicans angry and nervous because they feel as if the president has been campaigning nonstop. could it have something to do with marco rubio, he came to the senate floor yesterday. here's what he said this morning. if the president's intentions are to trigger a bidding war to see who can come up with the easiest process, this is not a good start. do you think that has anything to do with what the president said today? in my mind, pretty much agreeing with the senate plan, other than
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expediency. >> i think you are absolutely right. and i think rubio was right for saying this. obama has a habit of grandstand approximating posturing himself for popularity. just like this -- i was talking before this started, we were talking about how the latino vote is very, very key to these elections. we have some very key senate elections that are coming forth. a lot of states like colorado, louisiana, arkansas. i think that you are seeing right now silence is golden. i think this is nothing but more campaignish. >> did the senate beat president obama to the punch because there are going to be claims of leader help here? who is leading? eight senators or president obama? >> the senators clearly tries to jump the gun and get ahead of the president on this. they were effective in doing that. but i think the president comes to this from -- he wants consensus, that's his mind-set
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to begin with. so i don't think he's going to take it personally that they jumped ahead of him a bit. i think he sees that this is more of an historic opportunity than ever before. >> but noelle, why go to las vegas, $1.6 million, a nine-hour plane ride? why go all the way to las vegas to give this speech? >> that's what i mean. you know, even me, sitting here criticizing that, they are going to look like we -- you know, we are always against the president. we are against everything that's going on. i have to say that, you know, what he is wanting to do, if he tweak what is this bipartisan effort has done, with both, you know, parties coming together. it always puts republicans in the same box, is that we are anti-hispanic, anti-legal immigration, anti-anything. and this is what i -- i absolutely resent. we have something. we have good legislation and both parties have worked on it. all he has to do is let it go
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and get this thing passed. >> this is about getting it done. we have been here before. as i said before, he is not going to sit back and allow this congress to get bogged down in this -- >> but -- >> but they did take their own political action. many people would say, because of the election, both parties, for political reasons, felt like they had to. >> i have to wrap it up. thank you so much. with the political momentum for immigration reform, what does it mean in practical terms? next, we will take a look at how the potential champlgs could affect people trying to work their way through the system. we'll be right back on "studio b with shepard smith." ♪ you know my heart burns for you... ♪
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ultimately disrupt the difficult work that's ahead in the house and the senate. that's the speaker of the house, republican, john boehner. if the white house and congress can successfully reach a deal on immigration reform, that could have a big impact on the millions of illegal immigrants already here in the united states. but it would still not be an easy process, immigrants and u.s. officials deal with registration, background checks and even figuring out how much families valid to pay in taxes and fines. with me, an attorney specializes in immigration law and homeland security issues. and the managing director of the global security firm. >> good to be here. >> there are many pieces of this pie that people would have to go through. first of all, do you think people will willingly come forward and say, yeah, i'm here illegally? >> that's exactly the key issue. how do you get people to say, yes, i'm an illegal. i am going to participate in the system. so many of the groups that have come from around the world come
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from infrastructures where they don't trust the government. it's a cultural issue. it is part of the real obstacles we have. the headline is you want illegals to be legal. but the subtext is the infrastructure is also broken, as has been pointed out. a lot of issues are not only cultural, but they are about finances. how much money are we willing to put into the system and make it work better. >> can you imagine trying to go after 11 million people and tax them and fine them? it sounds like a bureaucracy out of control. i want to move to securing the border, which is even more of a hurdle, possibly to get past. what are your ideas on that? >> we have seem a tremendous effort, beginning with boeing's attempt to do the fbi net at the southern border that was a disaster, trying to take technology to put it into the border system was so expensive. we didn't have the right operative platforms and the inir
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connectivity between mexico and the united states so crucial to try to achieve results. manufacture, what we need to do, once folks are in the country, how do we work with local law enforcement? local police do not want to become immigration agents. it is incredibly difficult to say to the police department, you are going to check immigration status when you make a regular automobile stop on the highway. another obstacle we will have to deal with to figure out this time. >> the employers will have to be responsible for some of this. one of the key things in the senate, the bipartisan commission is to learn english. what do you think of that? >> it's interesting to say that, after -- from new york, we are really so och of a bilingual, a multi-lingual time. there are so many parts of the culture where spanish is a huge part of the environment. the speaking english, saying, yes we should do this.
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this is a tip of the hat to the conservatives. then we change the standards we have out there from state to state. some states have adopted a multi-language requirements for some tests and different aspects of government. do we change all of that? and go right back to english? what does that say to the -- to the latino-speaking community that has spent so much time trying to foster their own language as it were. >> then, after all of that, they guild to the back of the line, for citizenship. michael, thanks for trying to simplify a very complicate the process. have a great day. >> thanks. >> weather alert for you now. an outbreak of dangerous weather. here it is, folks. take a look at the screen, across the midwest, tormaido watches in effect. we will get updates from janet coming up. we'll be right back. [ male announcer ] what are happy kids made of?
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>> welcome back. a rare weather pattern has sparked tornado watches and severe storm warnings and the potential for hurricane-force storms could spawn flooding from the south all the way to the northeast. tornadoes and damaging winds from eastern texas to chicago. janice dean with the news live from the fox weather center for us. j.d., this has to do with the warmer temperatures now pushing through? >> these are reminiscent of temperatures we would see at the end of april. so we broke a 99-year-old record in chicago, 63 right now, the average is 31. incredible warmth. st. louis, 68 right now. the average is 41. birmingham, 71. behind this, very cold air. and the jet stream is positioned over a low pressure system that is giving us the extra oomph that we need to get the potential for severe weather. as we head into wednesday, all
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of that warmth shifting east wampld so new york, up towards 60 degrees, 75 in raleigh. the cold air behind that, bringing several inches of snow. but let's talk about the severe weather. tornado watch means that continue conditions are favorable from northeast texas to illinois, including st. louis, 8:00 p.m. central time. we don't have any tornado warnings, but we have a thunderstorm warning, north of st. louis area and the concern is we are going to be dealing with the potential of severe weather in the overnight hours, when people are sleeping. if you live from the gulf coast towards the southern great lakes. and we have the red-shaded area, very, very rare to see all of these cities in a moderate risk, so conditions are going to be favorable for not only hail and damaging wind, but long-lasting, destructive tornadoes. again, as the warm air shifts eastward , so does the risk for
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severe weather from florida to washington and pittsburgh, in that area of severe risk. >> okay, busy days for you, because i understand, after the tornado conditions, we will move to blizzard-like conditions? >> yes. behind this storm system, very cold air. so chicago, ska today. heading into the latter part of the work week, right down to single digits again, if you can believe it. look at the snow behind this. a wide swath of 3 to 6 inches. we have a blue-shaded area here where we can see 6 to 12 to 18 inches of snow in the next 48 hours hours. a very dynamic system with the risk of severe weather and the risk for blizzard conditions. a look at the highs today, tomorrow, 4 international fall, 26 in marquette. heading into thursday, back into the deep freeze, winter ain't over yet. just a quick taste of springtime and certainly, severe weather to go around with that. back to you.
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>> that's what they call a tease. thanks very much. two brothers both seriously hurt into the winter "x" games. did you see this video? their grandfather says one of them may not survive. we have the details next. the defense secretary for the biggest nation in the middle-east says a political crisis rocking his country could spark its collapse. the warning from the egyptian top security officials that they are in crisis mode as the egyptians rally against the government again. that's coming up as we approach the bottom of the hour and the top of the news. [ woman ] ring. ring. progresso.
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>> hi, everyone. i'm gretchen carlson and this is studio "b". defense minister of egypt warns the latest political crisis could spark the collapse of his country, the biggest nation in the middle-east. the dire warning comes amid a day of violent protest it is, leaving 60 dead. muhammad morsi has declared a state of emergency, allowing the police to arrest and detain suspects indefinitely without any charges, the same tactic that mubarak used to crush the protest against him. we know how well that worked out. president morsi's opcisions is fighting to keep moderates and liberals out of the government. with 80 mill qlon people, egypt has the population of iraq,
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saudi arabia and syria combined. it plays a huge role in peace talks between palestinian leaders and the israel government. the united states gives egypt's military more than $1 billion every year. our -- what do we make of the marshal law? has that been imposed? >> reporter: gretchen, that warning from the defense minister, raising a lot of eyebrows and echoing a lot of concerns about egypt right now. there have been several days of ongoing protests and violent riots. muhammad morsi instituted marshal law on sunday night, defending the law. he has gone into three city, including suez, a major hub. morsi defended it, saying it was necessary, but it is similar to what was imposed imposed on es in three decades of the mubarak era. many egyptioians defied the
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order and they complain that morsi is a new islamic mubarak, comparing to the former president and strong man. he has reached out to opposition groups to form a dialogue, but the opposition group, so far, have refused to meet with him. >> if they don't talk to him, what's the next step? >> reporter: well, there are parliamentary elections in the spring, gretchen. and that is where the opposition is going to try to make their push, keeping the pressure on morsi, over the next few months, but the opposition doesn't have a leader. they certainly don't have a comprehensive plan. with the type of violence we are seeing in the streets, it is tough to say that there will be elections. it's a very sticky situation in egypt. there are a lot of concerns going forward about just where this violence and she's riots will take egypt. >> thanks so much. the united states expanding its military presences in north africa, amid al qaeda's growth
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in the region there. the united states pennedda an agreement with the west african nation of niger, to have a hub that could include a drone base that could be used to monitor al qaeda-lanked -- linked militants in border mali. the united states is ramping up intelligence efforts over mali, where the french are fighting islamist militants. mike baker is here, a former cia operative. mike, have you to be concerned when you think that the united states is going to be involved in the situation in mali, or how do you read it? >> well, i thinks this ising something we have to do. we don't have an option, i don't think. frankly, we should have been gearing up in this region a year or two ago. once the chaos of libya started, once all of those fighters from around the middle-east poured in there and the weapons started pouring out, it created a chain of events. a lot of the fighters and the weapons, then after the
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overthrow of qaddafi, they moved to algeria and into mali, where they have taken over half the country. this is where we need to be focusing on our attention. i would argue that we got lost in the nation building exercise of iraq and afghanistan and we need to be more proactive and fight smarter. these small, portable-type operations where we have opportunities to do intel support, where we do drone basing and speck ops. that's where we need to be put org money. >> a lot of people were listening to president obama when he was campaigning and said that al qaeda was on the run. i mean, what do you make of that now? we have the algerian situation and what is going on in mali and now a drone base in niger? >> yeah. yeah. i think whether it's president obama or anybody else in any position of authority, they have to stop with this rhetoric of al qaeda is on the run, or we are just about to defeat al qaeda. this is know a zero sum game.
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we won't terminate all the muslim extremists. and this is what they do. they morph and they adopt. we have to be prepared for when we do have success in northern mali -- and we will, working primarily via the french, but providing them with a variety of types of support, not necessarily boots on the ground. when we have success, we have to understand that they will move somewhere else. that's what happens. you step on them here, they pop up over here. >> what do you make of the difference in policy with regard to the way this administration seems to be handling the situation in mali, versus a country like syria? >> ooh, yeah. we don't have time to climb up on the soap box and talk about that. look, we got involved in libya on the gidup because we wanted to prevent qaddafi from slaughtering his civilians. apparently, that equation doesn't add up with assad and syria. okay, rightly so. he has friends in russia and china and the iran equation that make its more difficult.
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but we have been sending the bigger issue, in terms of how we are dealing with the problems is inconsistency. i would argue that north africa is certainly the middle-east are more unstable than we have seen them a long time because i believe the administration for years has been sending inconsistent messages. that's a very dangerous and bad thing when you are talking about foreign policy. >> thank you for your thoughts today. moving to another story. maybe you saw the videotape, a terrible snow mobiling crash at the espn "x" games in colorado. a high-profile crash from the last few days. that seems to be raising questions about the safety of both the riders and the fans. so you can see the guy speeding over a ramp. but he goes airborne and flips right over the handle bars and crash someone crashes on top of him and those things are heavy, sometimes 500 pounds. rescuers raced to him he feel walked off the slope. but by the time emergency
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workers got him to the hospital, doctors realized he was in far worse shape than he appeared. jonathan hunt is here. tell me what happened to him? >> reporter: well, this is the kind of trick that he has performed many times before in practice and in competition. but frankly, this time, he simply got it wrong. take a look in slow motion. he's trying to do a back flip here. but he gets the landing wrong, coming up short. the skis dig into the slope there, he goes over the front and then that machine lands on top of him. that particular one, is a modified snow mobile, it weighs 450 pounds. an extremely heavy machine, right down on top of him. the first thing they discovered was bleeding around the heart that has led to some very serious brain issues. his mother issued a statement on the facebook page which says, in part, so many of you, hundreds of you have sent words of love,
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encouragement and scripture... his brother was also injured in these "x" games. we had -- heard from a family spokesperson. he remains critical in the hospital right now. >> it's so scary because he was talking right after the accident and people thought he was going to be just okay. a lot of questions about how common these kinds of accidents are. do you know? >> reporter: there are several accidents every year in the "x" games. it is after all, extreme sports. but serious accidents are pretty rare. there hasn't been a single death in "x" games competition in all the years that the games have been held. the canadians free-styler, sarah
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burke, a free-style skier. she died january 19, 2011, when she was practicing for the "x" games. she sustained a traumatic brain injury when she was on the half pipe in park city, utah. she had been training for the 2012 games and on the same half pipe in utah, kevin pierce, fell into a comb atook two years of intensive rehab to learn to walk and talk again. now, espn, which obviously televises the exnchs games issued a statement, saying in part, quote, we have worked closely on safety issues with athlete, course designers and other experts, for each of the 18 years of "x" games. still, when the world's best compete at the highest level anyn any sport, risks remain. caleb is a four-time "x" games medallist who fell short on his rotation on a move he has landed several times previously. that's the tragedy of this. he just got it wrong.
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but instead of a snowboard which can crack bones and skull if it lands on top of you, it's a 450-pound machine. >> such a sad story. we wish him and his family all the best. coming up, a police department held a gun buy-back event and ended up with a missile launcher and apparently thad been used. free money, everybody. it may already be yours. you just have to find t. we will show you how easy it could be. i am talking millions and millions. in america tay we're running out of a vital resource we need
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stolen. tracy gallagher is live in the west coast newsroom. what are we to make of a missile launcher in a gun buy-back program. >> reporter: it was used. it is harmless. but the concern is, if there is one, there could be more and it is just as easy to smuggle a fully armed missile launcher as it is one that has been used. they are very light, very portable, weighing about 35 pounds. more importantly, they are very accurate and dangerous. and there are many of them missing around the world. listen. >> the class of milmissile which is are now miss category only be used to target civilian aircraft which do not have any counter measures and that is the most chilling scenario i can think of, regarding one of these missiles, an intact missile, getting through and coming into the country and getting used by someone who has evil intent. >> reporter: the stinger missiles lock on to the heat
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are due any of this cash? >> fortunately, with the internet, it's easy to see if you have unclaimed treasures. you know, we have to remember that stocks used to be issued in physical certificates, so it's very easy for things to have gotten lost from your great-grandmother or great-grandfather. >> so you can go online. >> you can go online at a number of great resources. there is one i love called you can click on every state you ever lived in, every state that any relative ever lived in special look and see. is there money out there? there is $186 for every american. it's a huge all the of money, $58 billion in unclaimed assets. another great resource is treasure hunt dot-gov and you can see if there are treasury bonds bonds that part of my family's assets that i didn't know about. >> i went on line, i don't have
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any unclaimed property -- anywhere. come o. i know you went online. you can pass it to your heirs. >> your money is still your money. it is now most likely held by the state and it's being used by them. but if there is money that you rightfully inherited, you still rightfully, legally own it. have you to claim it. no one is going to knock on your door and say, hey, your relative left you this. instead, you need to knock on their door. >> another big thing is pensions. people forget they have accrued pensions, working in different places across the country, right. >> it is not just pensions, even things as simple as irs refund checks. they moved and they never thought, oh, gosh, i didn't get all of my mail and i never got the refund check. that's another thing chg you can do an address sweep of everywhere have you lived and make sure you are getting -- something as simple as the mail
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you should be getting because you might find there are statements and things that should be coming your way. >> millions of dollars in the middle of all of those magazines that you don't want. in our mail box. thanks for making us all feel like we won the lottery. >> we heard from a young veteran who calls himself a wounded warrior, very wounded. but he says life has improved dramatically now that doctors have given him not one, but two new arms. have you to hear this story of survival. it is going to inspire you today. it's next. if there was a pill to help protect your eye health as you age... would you take it? well, there is. [ male announcer ] it's called ocuvite. a vitamin totally dedicated to your eyes, from the eye care experts at bausch + lomb. as you age, eyes can lose vital nutrients. ocuvite helps replenish key eye nutrients. ocuvite has a unique formula not found in your multivitamin
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>> a 26-year-old war in iraq veteran showed off two arms, nearly four years after a roadway bomb tore them off. he also lost bog of his legs in
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the attack. you can see, he gets around with a wheelchair. but today, he thanked doctors at john's hopkins hospital in balmore, who performed one of the first double-arm transplants in u.s. medical history. >> i want to get the most out of these arms and just -- as goals come up, knock 'em down and just take it as absolutely far as i can. >> doctors performed the surgery last month. the soldier was the first quadruple amputeee to survive. he says one thing he cannot wait to do is get behind the wheel of his dodge charger. sounds like he has a great attitude. jennifer griffin is live at the pentagon. one month from surgery, and it seems the soldier has big plans and a bigger spirit. >> reporter: that's right. this is what he said when asked what he missed most in the past four years. >> driving. absolutely. driving. i used to love to drive.
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it was... it was a lot of fun for me. so, i am really looking forward to getting back to that and just becoming an rathlite again. one of my goals definitely is to cycle a marathon. yeah. so i would love to get back to that. >> the most proud and unassuming guy and stubbornly persistent, his doctors said. he has an amazing sense of humor. when he came out of surgery last month, he turned to his mom and said, i love you. those were his first words. >> it feels amazing. it's something i was waiting for for a long time. now that it finally happened... i really don't know what to say because it's just such a big thing for my life. it's fantastic. >> brend an has been recovering and the tunnel to towers foundation, which built him a special home have been busy
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fixing the damage to the home caused by super storm sandy. but you would never know of his hardships with the look on his face today. >> anything he cannot do with his new arm? >> reporter: not much. he can tie shoelaces and eat with chop ticks, but tell take a while. >> because the nerves regenerate and the maximum speed of one inch per month, the therapy will continue for a few years. >> i think he will be able to try to throw a football. i don't think he will be chasing down 60-yard runs like the broncos, but i suspect he will get there. i don't think there is much we are going to be able to keep him from doing. >> 12 surgeons worked on him simultaneously during the surgery at john's hopkins last month of this is a team practice on cadavers, four times in 18 months. brenda is the first soldier to undergo a double arm transplant.
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his parents got word he was injured while they were in church on easter.
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